CCM’s 2013-14 Studio Series Concludes This Week With Zombie Drama ‘Living Dead in Denmark’

Something wicked this way comes... as CCM presents 'Living Dead in Denmark' April 17-19, 2014! Photography by Una Lin.

Something wicked this way comes… as CCM presents ‘Living Dead in Denmark’ April 17-19, 2014! Photography by Una Lin.

CCM’s acclaimed Studio Series comes to a dramatic conclusion with a thrilling production of the irreverent Shakespearean zombie mash-up Living Dead in Denmark, playing April 17-19 in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Admission is free, but reservations are required. CCM’s very own resident Fight Director and Professor of Drama k. Jenny Jones directs this can’t-miss production, which is intended for mature audiences.

Written by Qui Nyguen, a founding father of the OBIE Award-winning “geek theatre” company the Vampire Cowboys, Living Dead in Denmark is described as the “perfect storm of horror and geek obsessions” by Time Out New York. The action of the play is set five years after the tragic events of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, as a resurrected Ophelia, Juliet and Lady Macbeth must save Denmark from an overwhelming zombie horde.

First staged in 2006, the play has been hailed by the New York Times as “a crazy quilt of pop reference, dueling blades and scattershot anachronisms,” with figures from both Shakespeare’s canon and the 21st century pop cultural zeitgeist making appearances. This entertaining and comical zombie drama is sure to be the perfect antidote to exam week blues! Continue reading

CCM’s Studio Production of ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ Receives 4-Star Rating from the League of Cincinnati Theatres

We are thrilled to report that panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized CCM’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with a four star rating!

In this Tony Award-winning musical, six young people (overseen by grownups who have barely managed to escape childhood themselves) learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.

Panelists praised the production as “delightful, smart, silly and a well-structured crowd pleaser.” Director and Visiting Professor Vince DeGeorge was praised for bringing “a freshness to it with smart directing choices that were spot on.” The entire ensemble was commended: “I appreciated the nuances each performer created for their characters. They worked together seamlessly and we’re having such a good time… The performers were working together as an to create the warmth and charm so inherent in this musical.”

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CCM Dance Showcase Spotlights Student Choreographers March 6-8

Photography by Will Brenner.

Photography by Will Brenner.

CCM’s Studio Series proudly presents the 2014 Dance Student Choreographers’ Showcase from March 6–8 in UC’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of CCM’s Dance Department with this all-new program, directed by Assistant Professor of Dance Deirdre Carberry. Admission is free, but reservations are required.

Subtitled “Six Dances at a Gathering,” this year’s Dance Student Choreographers’ Showcase will set the stage for the new work of six talented undergraduates. In order to be selected for the highly competitive showcase, CCM’s aspiring choreographers submit written proposals and perform excerpts of the proposed choreography for Carberry. The result this year is a phenomenal collection of budding talent presenting works in complementary styles.

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CCM Presents Wickedly Witty French Opera ‘L’Étoile’ This Week

Here's a peek at rehearsals for L’Étoile, which runs Feb. 14 - 16, 2014.

Here’s a peek at rehearsals for L’Étoile, which runs Feb. 14 – 16, 2014.

CCM’s acclaimed Studio Series continues this month with a vivacious new production of Emmanuel Chabrier’s three-act opera L’Étoile. Performed in French with English supertitles, L’Étoile runs Feb. 14-16 in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Admission is free, but reservations are required.

Conducted by guest artist Kevin Murphy with stage direction by CCM’s J. Ralph Corbett Distinguished Chair in Opera Robin Guarino, L’Étoile is set in a mystical fairy tale kingdom where lovelorn hopes, turned tables and comedic misunderstandings inevitably lead to a happy ending.

“It’s a story of ‘boy meets girl’ after wishing on a star,” Guarino explains. Audiences will delight in this comedic opera, full of outlandish characters who know how to deliver an aria. Guarino describes CCM’s production as “an elegant and absurdist romp with a hint of political satire.”

CCM welcomes guest speaker and dramaturg Cori Ellison for a pre-performance lecture at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, in Mary Emery Hall Room 3225. This talk is free and open to the general public.

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CCM Announces Performance Schedule for 2014 Moveable Feast

CCM’s annual Moveable Feast benefit event returns to the campus of the University of Cincinnati this Friday, Jan. 17, for an unparalleled evening of artistic and culinary delights.

Today, we are delighted to provide you with an advanced look at the schedule for this year’s feast! Click on the image below for a print-friendly copy.

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Tickets to CCM’s 2014 Moveable Feast are on sale now and can be purchased online at ccm.uc.edu/support/events or ccm.weshareonline.org/MoveableFeast2014 or by calling 513-556-2100.

Learn even more about this event here.

CCM Announces Spring 2014 Calendar of Major Events

Download CCM's Spring 2014 Calendar Booklet today.

Download CCM’s Spring 2014 Calendar Booklet today.

UPDATED March 7, 2014: CCM is delighted to announce its spring 2014 schedule of major events. The largest single source of performing arts events in the state of Ohio, CCM presents nearly 150 major public performances from Jan. 12 through May 18, ranging from faculty and guest artist concerts to fully supported opera, musical theatre, drama and dance productions.

Highlights of CCM’s spring concert series include the return of Cincinnati’s premiere fundraiser “A Moveable Feast” on Jan. 17, the Ariel Quartet’s Beethoven Cycle running Jan. 23 – March 29, a performance of Schubert’s Winterreise song cycle by guest artists Gerald Finley and Julius Drake on Feb. 5, the fifth annual Bearcat Piano Festival running Feb. 6 – 11, the 17th annual PRISM concert on Feb. 23, a performance of John Adams’ El Niño on March 2 and a celebration of the music of jazz legend Thelonius Monk on March 9.

CCM’s Mainstage Series also continues in early 2014 with a production of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, directed by guest artist D. Lynn Meyers, running Feb. 5 – 9; the CCM debut of the iconic musical Les Misérables, running Feb. 27 – March 9;  Donizett’s comedic opera Don Pasquale, running April 3–6; and the quintessential romantic ballet Giselle, running April 17–19.

Learn more about these and dozens of other performing and media-arts events by referring to the list below. You can also view a digital copy of CCM’s Spring 2014 Calendar Booklet here.

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CCM Alumnus Todd Almond Hosts Free Master Class on Nov. 22

Alumnus Todd Almond studied voice and drama while at CCM.

Alumnus Todd Almond studied voice and drama while at CCM.

CCM welcomes distinguished alumnus Todd Almond (BM, 99) for a free master class from 10:10 a.m. until 12:10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. This event is open to the general public.

Almond will detail his journey from the University of Cincinnati to New York City and will answer questions about his professional career. Since graduating, he has recorded five albums of original music, written musicals (including Girlfriend, People Like Us, On the Levee) and created original community-based productions of Odyssey for the Old Globe Theatre and The Tempest in Central Park for the Public Theatre.

He will perform some excerpts from his original works during Friday’s master class, too. You can listen to music from Almond’s last albums at www.toddalmond.com/audio.

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All Performances of CCM’s Studio Series Production of ‘Carrie: The Musical’ Are SOLD OUT!

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CCM’s Studio Series presents ‘Carrie: The Musical,’ Oct. 10 – 12, 2013.

All performances of CCM’s Studio Series production of Carrie: The Musical are sold out! Thank you for such an amazing response! We can’t wait to see you on opening night this Thursday, Oct. 10.

The Friday and Saturday evening performances of our Mainstage Series production of Singin’ in the Rain are also almost completely sold out! If you have not secured your tickets to this must-see theatrical event, you can place your order in person at the CCM Box Office (in the atrium of UC’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts), over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online through Tickets.com by clicking here.

A Chilling Revival of ‘Carrie: The Musical’ Opens CCM’s Studio Series Next Week

From left to right: Jennifer Hickman is Margaret White and Hannah Freeman is Carrie White in CCM's Studio Series production of 'Carrie: The Musical.' Photography by senior Lighting Design major David Seitz.

From left to right: Jennifer Hickman is Margaret White and Hannah Freeman is Carrie White in CCM’s Studio Series production of ‘Carrie: The Musical.’ Photography by senior Lighting Design major David Seitz.

CCM opens its 2013-14 Studio Series with a newly reworked and fully re-imagined musical adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie running Oct. 10-12 in CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater. Under the direction of Aubrey Berg, Chair of CCM’s Department of Musical Theatre, with musical direction by Steve Goers and choreography by Vince DeGeorge, this Carrie promises to be both riveting and terrifying!

A pariah at school and a victim at home, Carrie is the story of a girl who, when pushed too far, discovers just how special she really is. Her paranormal abilities allow her to take matters into her own hands and strike back at those who have wronged her. But this isn’t the same old Carrie that you’ve seen before; this is Carrie modernized with a terrifying rock n’ roll edge, and there’s no escape!

Carrie: The Musical was adapted from Stephen King’s 1974 bestselling novel by screenwriter Lawrence D. Cohen, who also authored the classic screenplay. New music by dream-team Michael Gore (composer) and Dean Pitchford (lyricist) will dazzle audiences. Gore and Pitchford garnered accolades for their previous collaboration on the Broadway play, Fame, together winning an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year.

A unique configuration of CCM’s Cohen Family Studio Theater presents seating on all sides and on every level of the performance space, allowing the audience to literally become part of the production. This intimate style of seating will have audience members twisting and turning in their seats at Carrie’s terrifying transformation, as the carefully choreographed chaos it creates happens all around. With live music, shocking special effects and spectacular acting, singing and choreography, Carrie is sure to amaze and frighten.

Tickets for all Studio Series productions are extremely limited, so get in line early. You don’t want to miss this performance of a lifetime! Recommended for mature audiences.

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CCM Musical Theatre Celebrates the Songs of Kurt Weill with ‘Into a Lamplit Room’

Celebrated music theatre composer Kurt Weill.

Celebrated music theatre composer Kurt Weill.

CCM continues to study and celebrate the work of composer Kurt Weill with Into a Lamplit Room: The Songs of Kurt Weill presented by CCM’s Department of Musical Theatre at 7 p.m. on both Sunday, March 3, and Sunday, March 10.

Devised and directed by CCM Distinguished Chair of Musical Theatre Aubrey Berg with musical direction by Julie Spangler and musical staging by Joey Dippel, this evening of cabaret-style entertainment offers a compilation of Weill songs in the intimate setting of UC’s Cohen Family Studio Theater.

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